The gentle Saluki is one of the few breeds that can trace its roots back to the ancient Egyptians. In a culture that considered dogs unclean, the saluki alone was allowed to share the Bedouin tents and was dubbed "the noble one". Salukis are suitable for small families as they get aloof around a lot of people. Salukis are quiet at home, loving but not too affectionate, extremely gentle with children, and good with other dogs. Salukis should not reside in homes that have small pets. Even with the best training, a Saluki will view small pets as prey and will try to hunt them. Salukis need to run hard and fast every day. Being hunters at heart, Salukis thrive when they push themselves to their limits at least once a day by running outdoors. Salukis are naturally thin, and many are picky eaters. They shed little and require only weekly brushing.